The Snowman


Review: Police detective Harry Hole investigates the murders of several women. One of them is a scarf found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. He hopes to solve the mystery before the next snowfall.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Ronan Vibert, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Genevieve O’Reilly, James D’Arcy, Adrian Dunbar and Chloe Sevigny
Year: 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama and Mystery
Conclusion: 2/5
Based on a novel by Jo Nesbo. Directed by Tomas Alfredson who worked on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and did a fantastic job. Martin Scorsese was originally attached to direct this movie but remained on board as executive producer. Michael Fassbender as always is fantastic in everything that he has been in. Michael Fassbender started shooting this movie only two days after finishing work on Assassin’s Creed (2016). In this there is a great director and an actor but to be honest the whole film is a huge disappointment. The film itself didn’t quite know where it was going or what it is meant to be. J.K. Simmons has a little part but even he didn’t quite know what to do or how to guide him. Charlotte Gainsbourg is a brilliant actress when she is given the right roles to play but in this she is completely wasted. None of the film seemed to add up even just the way it finished to me didn’t make sense. It was like the director gave up on the film and was given a release date for it but was unable to meet the target. The director has actually stated that the production was too late, he came on board late and also reckons that 15% of the screenplay was never filmed. The editing is all over the place. The only scene that I did enjoy was the little cameo from Toby Jones (of course readers of my blog will know that he is one of my favourite actors). I could say that it would have been better if he had more of a role to play. I watched this at my local cinema club but the other volunteer that I was on with thought that this was a perfectly acceptable film so you could say what do I know! 


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